Employment Agencies Warned Not to Help Break Asda Strike
Barrie Clement Labour Editor, The Independent (London, England)
Employment agencies are being told by their own industry leaders to refuse to supply staff to break a five-day strike sched fpounds uled to start on Friday at the Asda supermarket group.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has reminded its 8,000 corporate membership that it is unlawful to replace a workforce that is engaged in legal industrial action with "temps".
Last night, the GMB general union was considering making an application for an injunction against a number of agencies which it believed were about to provide Asda's supply depots with "strike breakers". The union was seeking written assurances from the companies concerned.
Meanwhile, Asda said it was determined to press ahead with legal action of its own against the GMB and said that it had no intention of break-ing the law.
The supermarket group is scheduled to apply for an injunction tomorrow to stop thousands of members of the GMB from walking out on Friday. The company is alleging that there were major irregularities in the union's strike vote which meant that ballot papers were sent out to people who were no longer employed b the company. …